The reports show arguments set forward by Jair Bolsonaro that a potent government presence in the Amazon is critical to counteract any conservation projects going forward.
Expecting to manufacture bridges, motorways, and a hydroelectric plant in the rainforest, the Brazilian government wants to ‘fight off international pressure’ to protect the Amazon, according to the leaked information.
According to The Independent, the plans were leaked to political site openDemocracy and include PowerPoint slides believed to have been presented at a meeting in February between Brazilian government officials and local leaders in Para state, which is home to the Amazonia National Park. The slide reads:
Development projects must be implemented on the Amazon basin to integrate it into the rest of the national territory in order to fight off international pressure for the implementation of the so-called ‘Triple A’ project. To do this, it is necessary to build the Trombetas River hydroelectric plant, the Óbidos bridge over the Amazon River, and the implementation of the BR-163 highway to the border with Suriname. (The ‘Triple A’ (Andes, Amazon and Atlantic) project is a conservation effort led by the organisation Gaia Amazonas, which aims to conserve 265 million square kilometres of jungle and ‘the lungs of our world’.)
However now Bolsonaro, Brazil’s questionable far-right president, seems, to be sabotaging this effort as devastating fires rage through the Amazon. Flames which are making a loss equal to three football fields per minute, as indicated by the most recent government information.
The rainforest – which spreads northwestern Brazil and stretches out into Colombia, Peru and other South American nations – has been consuming for quite a long time, diving Brazil’s Sao Paulo into darkness and devastating the Amazon.
If the fire continues to burn at its current rate, this will be the first month for several years in which Brazil loses an area of forest bigger than Greater London, with many fearing it will never be able to recover.